Parish Newsletter Sunday 6th May 2012

posted 9 May 2012, 04:55 by mary sutton
Posted by Dorothy Heydon Wednesday 9th May 2012

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER                                                                          (18/12)


There will be one Mass in the Church at 11.00 a.m. followed by the Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers.


NATIONAL COLLECTION for the International Eucharistic Congress

The fourth National Collection towards the funding of IEC 2012 will take place in all Churches this week-end. The entire cost of the Congress is being borne by the Irish Church and the fees of participants.  Despite the large influx of visitors expected from overseas, it was decided in the light of demands on public funds, not to apply for tourism grants that are often made available for such international events.  Describing the IEC 2012 theme of 'Union with Christ and with One Another' as the fundamental basis for renewal and reform in our Church at this time, Archbishop Martin sees the Congress as a call to mission and also a call to reflect the love and care of Jesus Christ to one another in the Church and together to the society in which we live.  Contributing to the National Collection is one way in which Catholics can actively support this work of renewal and reform.  Donations may be made in the envelopes available on the tables in the Church.



Thursday, 19th April, 2012


The Howth Parish Transition Year Programme has just completed its fifth year, with a graduation ceremony in the Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Howth Summit on Thursday, 19th April, 2012.

30 students took part in this year long, once a month programme from a range of 5 schools which serve the Howth area: St. Fintan’s High School, Santa Sabina, Belvedere College, Pobailscoil Nessan, and Sutton Park School.

All participants were presented with an Achievement Certificate for their respective Transition Year Portfolio by Fr. Brendan Houlihan P.P. Church of the Assumption, Howth, sponsor of the programme.

“The purpose of the programme is to foster in our youth a greater spirit of self-awareness and personal responsibility, with a particular focus on greater community involvement, such as our support for our local HSE managed residential home at Kilrock House” said Paul Fagan, Chairman, Howth Parish Youth Group. 

“Our year long programme continues to evolve and grow.  It now includes modules on personal health, including physical, dietary, spiritual and mental health, on building active community relationships and understanding with community Gardai and with the RNLI local lifeboat service, on dimensions of local history and local characters, on stimulating students to create and design their own community and on career guidance where a full working session is facilitated by experienced professionals.  This year our final session, facilitated by an experienced Methodist Church youth leader, was on the theme of community and spirituality, while each of our monthly working sessions concluded with a well received period of reflective and thoughtful meditation.

The response, involvement and participation by students continue to exceed all our expectations and augers well for greater community involvement in the future concluded Paul Fagan, Chairman, Howth Parish Youth Group.



The 11 o’clock Mass on Saturday, 12th May, will be the First Holy Communion Mass for the pupils of Second Class in Howth’s Primary School, Scoil Mhuire.  We remember them in our prayers. 



MASS INTENTIONS – 6th – 13th May 2012

Sunday 6th May

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 5th May) Una McElroy (7th Anv)

 8.30 a.m.                     Nancy and Paddy McDonald

10.30 a.m.                     Matt Farrell (4th Anv.)

12.00 noon                    Mary Mulhall (2nd Anv.)

 7.00 p.m.                                Mary and Michael Scollard

Tuesday 8th May

10.00 a.m.                    

Wednesday 9th May

10.00 a.m.                     John Fitzpatrick

Thursday 10th May

 8.00 a.m.                     Cissie Thunder

Friday 11th May    

Saturday 12th May

11.00 a.m.                     First Holy Communion

Sunday 13th May

Vigil (7.00 p.m. Sat. 12th May)    Sean McCarthy

 8.30 a.m.                     Mary and James Lawless

10.30 a.m.                     Catherine Dromgoole

12.00 noon                    Margaret Mannion

 7.00 p.m.                                Eilish Doyle

There are a limited number or places for the School year 2012/2013 available.  Contact Scoil Mhuire
 Tel 832 3572 or the Parish Office at Tel. 839 7398 or email


The Catholic Marriage Care Service

Marriage Preparation Courses

It is a precious time and a time for preparation.  For further information telephone: 01 478 4400 Booking on line:  or see

Stella Maris Retreat Centre, Baily, Howth  Tel. 832 22 28

Mindfulness Course continues every Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Joe Clarke.


This gentle day will explore the hope, love, joy and promise of the Resurrection

With Sally Hyland, SJG   Wednesday 16th May from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Cost €40 includes prayer, input, Eucharist, personal space and 3 course lunch and coffee breaks.

Contact Sally on 087-622 6620



Sunday 29th April - Special Collection for the formation of students for priesthood  €1,425 and the Church Collection €880   Thank you for your kindness.

Scripture Readings for the Fifth Week of Easter

Monday 7th May

Acts 14: 5-18. Ps 113b: 1-4, 15-16, R/v1. Jn 14: 21-26

Tuesday 8th May

Acts 14: 19-28. Ps 144: 10-13, 21, R/ cf. v12. Jn 14: 27-31

Wednesday 9th May

Acts 15: 1-6. Ps 121: 1-5, R/ cf. v 1. Jn 15: 1-8

Thursday 10th May

Acts 15: 7-21. Ps 95: 1-3, 10, R/ cf. v 3. Jn 15: 9-11

Friday 11th May

Acts 15: 22-31. Ps 56: 8-12, R/ v10. Jn 15: 12-17

Saturday 12th May

Acts 16: 1-10. Ps 99: 1-3, 5, R/ v1. Jn 15: 18-21

Sunday 13th May

Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48. Ps 97:1-4, R/cf. v2.  1Jn 4: 7-10. Jn 15: 9-17.



Please note the Blessing of the Graves and Mass will take place in Saint Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton on Sunday 27th May at 3.00pm.  The date has been changed this year, due to the International Eucharistic Congress.


Many thanks for Easter Dues received, your generous support is much appreciated.


The Sunshine Fund would like to thank most sincerely the congregation of Howth for their generous contribution of €1,681 on Sunday 1st April 2012 (Palm Sunday).  The Sunshine Fund is a special works conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.



We hope to have a Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 12th September 2012 for five nights.  The cost per person sharing will be €749.00 - Full Board accommodation in the Hotel Gallia Londres.  For more details please call into the Parish Office/Sacristy or Tel. 839 7398